Some of us might argue that setting goals for the new year is overrated, and I’m inclined to agree. As BlimeyCow so well explained in one of their recent videos, picking some far-off day in the future to make a change in your life isn’t always helpful in the end.
Even so, I still like the idea of setting goals and looking back at the end of the year and seeing how far I’ve come. But even if they’re goals for the year, I still take it one day at a time. Forget to write one day? Well, there’s always tomorrow. A setback on Monday doesn’t mean I can’t jump back on Tuesday and try again.
With that in mind, I want to look back on how I did with the goals I set for myself in 2018, then look ahead at what I want to do better in 2019.
2018 Goals Review
(If you’d like to read more in-depth about my goals, check out last year’s post)
Confession: Starting mid-October, I kinda maybe fell off track with recording my habits in my bullet journal. I don’t really have “data” for October-December, so I’m basing my grades on the records I do have, as well as my overall impressions from the last three months of the year.
Health Goals: A
Despite some small setbacks here and there, I think I did a good job of maintaining good habits (and remembering them, which is always the hardest part for me). I’m especially proud of myself for keeping up with my gym routine (even when it meant waking up at 6am), and adding some new activities to it.
Writing Goals: B
I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo twice, which I wasn’t actually planning on, but it worked out well. I ended up skipping on November’s NaNo for a number of reasons, and I did struggle with blogging towards the end of the year, but those are the only major setbacks I had. While I may not have completely revised my NaNo novel from 2017, I did start reworking the story, and I’m considering pursuing it over the two Camp NaNos in 2019.
Reading Goals: A+
I exceeded my overall reading goal by reading 59/45 books (18,586 pages). I read books from 28 authors I hadn’t before, I read 15 books from my TBR list, I started (and finished) a new series, the Six of Crows duology, and I met nearly all of my other genre-related goals. The only places I fell short were in reading 5 graphic novels (which came as a surprise to me – I only read 4), and reading 10 nonfiction books (I read 7).
Learning Goals: B-
To make a long story short, my progress in this area came in spurts. I did some HTML/CSS coding for this blog (the new “Inner Circle” and “Writing” pages are a testament to that), and I did practice French with DuoLingo… sometimes. On the positive side, I did pick up a new hobby in loom knitting!
Spiritual Goals: B-
I maintained my devotional routine for the most part, and I only mainly fell off towards the end of the year (as often happens). I did find a new church to attend, however, which was something I had hoped to do this past year as well.
I did well with some of my goals and not as well with others, but I’m putting that behind me and looking at 2019 with a fresh start. Some of my goals are repeated or modified from the past, while others are brand new.
- Exercise at least 4 days/week
- Do something enjoyable/relaxing often
- Maintain good habits
- Walk 10k steps daily
- Drink plenty of water and eat good food
- Stay below daily social media limit (phone & computer)
The one thing I added is limiting my time on social media, both on my phone and my laptop. I don’t necessarily have a problem with social media, but it’s easy for me to lose track of time, and I want to break that habit.
- Maintain blogging routine
- Participate in NaNoWriMo (November)
- Participate in Camp NaNo at least once (April and/or July)
I’m hoping to participate in Camp NaNo twice, but just in case something weird happens, I wanted to give myself some flexibility with this one.
- Read 50 Books
- Listen to 5 audiobooks
- Read 5 new authors
- Read 15 books on my TBR
- Read 1 short story collection
- Read 5 non-fiction books
- Read 10 graphic novels or manga volumes
I started listening to audiobooks more regularly this year, and since I’ve accumulated some Audible credits, I want to continue with that. I’ve also decided to count manga volumes towards my reading goals (unless it’s something I’ve already read before, like the Pokémon Adventures manga).
Skills & Hobbies
- Daily DuoLingo (French)
- Record 1 Second Everyday daily
- Finish Breath of the Wild cosplay
- Make 5 videos (not counting 1SE)
This section is mostly for miscellaneous activities, like practicing French with DuoLingo (I’m going to France in May, and I’d like to improve at least a little bit by then). I also want to make a full 1 Second Everyday compilation for the year, and work on some other ongoing projects.
- Daily devotions
- Spend money less
- Save money from every paycheck
I have actual jobs now, so I want to do a better job of saving my money (especially with the aforementioned France trip coming up). I’m also just curious to see how often I spend my money and when I spend it.
Do you have any goals for this year, this week, or just today? What are you most looking forward to in the new year? I’d love to encourage you in the comments!
Until next time!